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Stephanie Laing (7.30pm) Alastair Clark (9pm)

Liverpool Comedy Festival

Stand-Up Comedy
Tuesday 25th Sep 19:30

£5 (or £7 for both shows)

Please call the venue on 01517071805 for availability

Stephanie Laing - Quitter Stephanie Laing is a massive quitter. She’s given up alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, meat, breakdancing, flying trapeze, piano, flute and believing in love. But is she now a big ball of joy? Is everything bloody OK now?

Come and see this lovable little weirdo talk about deciding what things you should keep in your life.

7.30pm £5 (or £7 for both shows) Alastair Clark - Dear Joananette Alastair felt increasingly isolated in his everyday life... Until he found some postcards addressed to a potentially dead French woman in a Parisian skip. A show about connecting with others.

9.00pm £5 (or £7 for both shows)

Sean Morely (7.30pm) Liam Hale (9pm)

Liverpool Comedy Festival

Stand-Up Comedy
Wednesday 26th Sep 19:30

Sean Morely - I Apologise for My Recent Behaviour

Remorseful absurdist Sean Morley plays with guilt, blame, forgiveness and audience expectations in this genre-bending stand-up apology. In the centre of my chest is a dense heavy weight and every day I feel it dragging me towards the centre of the Earth. ​

7.30pm £5 (or £7 for both shows)

Liam Hale - Pigs

9pm £5 (or £7 for both shows)

An hour of nonsense.

Yolav & Graham (7.30pm) The Delightful Sausage (9pm)

Liverpool Comedy Festival

Stand-Up Comedy
Thursday 27th Sep 19:30

Yolav & Graham - Jovial Trauma

Yolav is a stand-up comedian from a ravaged, war-torn country that no longer exists. Graham is his hapless interpreter. He has no wish to be on stage, nor does he have any understanding of how comedy works.. They are currently on a tour of indefinite length due to visa complications. Having arrived in the UK, Yolav is trying to break the West before the East breaks him.

Yolav and Graham's Jovial Trauma is an aggressively funny double act stand up show. Hilariously bleak and tragically relevant, prepare yourself for the darkest of funnies mixed with the deconstruction of light entertainment.​

7.30pm - £5 (or £7 for both shows)

The Delightful Sausage - The Regeneration Game

Surreal comedy from Yorkshire’s finest, meat-themed double act. Join Chris and Amy in a gag-packed mission to crown their town the City of Culture. Find out what culture is, who’s been secreting it and why that stain won’t wash. A multimedia adventure for fans of economic recession, blue top milk and Bigfoot. The follow-up to the duo’s debut show which was recorded for NextUp and transferred to the Soho Theatre.

9pm - £5 (or £7 for both shows)

Tony Slattery: Crimes Against Improv

Liverpool Comedy Festival

Comedy
Saturday 29th Sep 19:00

TONY SLATTERY: CRIMES AGAINST IMPROV Tony Slattery's Crimes Against Improv. Hot from the Edinburgh Fringe, Tony and friends bring their totally unscripted improv magic to the Liverpool Comedy Festival. We don't know what'll happen, but unfiltered comedy havoc is usually the order of the day.

October

Dave Giles

The Marketing Aint Cheap Tour

Live Music
Wednesday 3rd Oct 19:00

Davids first headline tour since 2011 as he raises money for the marketing of my new album out in November. He will be playing a lot of songs from this as well as some old favourites.

P-W-Y-F and a £3 donation will help to cover the costs. If you can't afford anything that is fine, please come anyway. If in the future you have some money, then spend some on an independent musician somewhere. There will also be a collection bucket in the venue for those who want to give something on the day.

An Evening with Steve proctor

Hosted by Paul Fitzgerald

Audience With
Thursday 4th Oct 19:00 - 23:00

From Eric's to Ibiza, The State to Space, Punk to Acid and all points along the way. Join Steve for an evening of chat and music as host Paul Fitzgerald guides us over Steve's 4 decades in the music Industry. From fledgling DJ to his instrumental involvement setting up the Baleric scene. Steve will be finishing the evening with a DJ set with music from across the years.

Phil Hare

plus Marc Varamwah and Katie Nicholas

Live Music
Friday 5th Oct 20:00

Phil Hare is an acoustic guitarist, troubadour, and mentor.

Inspired to buy an acoustic guitar in 1977 after discovering the words and music of Roy Harper, John Martyn and Mike Chapman, Phil started writing folksy ballads and songs and doing ‘floor spots’ around the many folk clubs in his native Wirral and neighbouring Liverpool. Since then Phil has built a successful career playing at festivals, clubs and venues across the country, and has an extensive catalogue of recorded music. His distinctive and accomplished guitar style means Phil is in great demand as a solo performer, band member (he was in local folk rock band Full House), and guest musician. Described as an all-purpose acoustic guitar hero and singer-songwriter Phil, who now lives in the Cambridgeshire town of March, will be making a rare and highly anticipated return to Liverpool in October. Expect fine songs, exceptional musicianship, and a possible surprise guest or two!

Support on the night is from Katie Nicholas, now back in Liverpool after a stint in London and York, and local musician Marc Vormawah.

‘A maverick guitar virtuoso with a neat line in social comment’ (Time Out)

‘If you get a chance to see Phil Hare, take it!’ (Folk North West)

We Shall Overcome - Alldayer

14 acts from 1pm

Live Music
Saturday 6th Oct 13:00 - 23:15

£3 Pay on the Door Only

Tickets direct from 81 Renshaw

Heaven's Gate and Liverpool Acoustic join forces to bring you a full day of live, original music at 81 Renshaw as part of We Shall Overcome. The event is £3 on the door, with all proceeds going to the work of Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services (LCVS).

Afternoon - 1pm to 5pm Michael Aldag, King & Byrnee, Visions of Albion, Carl Southworth, Stuart Todd, Liz Owen, Nicola Hardman, Shoes4Brakes,

Evening - 6.30pm to 11.15pm Iain Till, Winnebago, The Room in the Wood, Susie Jones Band, The Buffalo Riot, Red Moon Joe,

HTrio

plus Nate Wooley

Live Music
Monday 8th Oct 19:00

UK improvising trio of drummer Andrew Cheetham, saxophonist Mark Hanslip and bassist Otto Willberg team up with veteran New York trumpeter Nate Wooley for a UK tour.

Men Don't Talk

A Grin Theatre Production

Theatre
Wednesday 10th Oct 19:30

£6 Pay on the Door Only

Tickets direct from 81 Renshaw

Grin Theatre Company host an evening of monologue performances focusing on men’s mental health to create a discussion and bring awareness to this issue. The performance will showcase the local talent of Liverpool with original writing and stand out performances. Grin Theatre pride themselves on their diverse and hard hitting topics. Unafraid and unapologetic, we want everyone’s voices to be heard. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to James’ Place, a hub of safety and conversation to help guide men with their mental health.

Jason McNiff + Pete Greenwood

Support from Charlie McKeon

Live Music
Friday 12th Oct 20:00

A joint headlining show featuring Jason McNiff & Pete Greenwood with support from Charlie McKeon. This will be a night for lovers of superb songwriting and beautiful guitar playing. Put simply, we have three of the very best. Jason has recently teamed up with At The Helm records for a career defining 6th album, Joy and Independence. McNiff strips it back to the essence of the songwriter's craft; 11 brand new songs, just voice and guitar, live in the studio. In this context, the song is everything, there is no place to hide. If America forms the background in the McNiff landscape, there is an unmistakable Englishness up close in the work of this 43 year old singer songwriter. Pete Greenwood has achieved cult status amongst musicians and gig goers alike as one of the few who actually lives the life he writes. With a reputation as one of the city's hottest guitarists, Mojave 3 invited him on tour and he came back to a record deal with Heavenly Recordings. The album ‘’Sirens” resulted, earning him four stars and Debut of the Month August 2008 in Uncut Magazine. “Sirens” also made UNCUT’s Top 50 list for 2008 year. Charlie McKeon is a young man who, like many others, writes songs, sings and plays guitar but, unlike all those others, for those in the know, Charlie is considered by far the best guitarist on the Liverpool live music scene. And with songwriting and singing skills to match he is a young man with a great future ahead.

Nick Ellis, Steve Roberts & Thom Morecroft

A Klee Music Presentation

Live Music
Saturday 13th Oct 19:30

Klee Music return for their third and final production for 2018 and what a belter it is. Nick Ellis, Thom Morecroft, Steve Roberts.....they need no introduction. Each will perform a solo 30 minute set, then perform as a trio. A unique opportunity to see three of the best Singer/Songwriters Liverpool has to offer.

When Nora Met Jim

written by Tom Mclennan

Theatre
Sunday 14th Oct 19:30

Dublin, June 1904. The great Irish writer, James Joyce, is still contemplating his future, certain only that it lies outside his native country. But his financial resources are limited and his writing career has barely lifted off. His family and friends look on with concern at his dissolute behaviour. Then, into his life, steps Nora Barnacle, a young Galway girl, who has fled her home and now works as a chambermaid in a Dublin hotel. At first sight they seem an ill-matched pair- Joyce, a middle-class intellectual, obsessed by bookish lore; Nora, working-class, with little formal education. But their mutual hatred of convention sparks a fire in them that will last a lifetime. Written for the Irish festival but premiered tonight, the Scriptshop Performers bring a fascinating period in Irish history to life through drama and song.

Seatbelts + Make Friends + The High Rip + Kingfast

81 Renshaw + Funnel Music Promotion

Live Music
Wednesday 17th Oct 19:30

Seatbelts is the exciting new project from Hooton Tennis Club's James Madden and Ryan Murphy. Songs are penned by James and Ryan who wrote some of Hooton Tennis Club’s finest songs ('Jasper', 'P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L P.I.E.R.R.E', and 'Katy-Anne Bellis') released on independent record label Heavenly Recordings.

Lyrically the pair question the deeply strange, deeply unsettling automated world we find ourselves now inhabiting with satire and humour.

Make Friends are a dynamic four piece dispensing progressive indie-pop laced with infectious grooves, big-crowd sing-along chorus' and ethereal washes of glacial guitar - it all driving forward their truly original big-stage festival sound.

They hail from Bristol where from their Avon-delta home studio they propel forward a sound with echoes of current acts such as Bombay Bicycle Club and Foals Summer 2018 saw Make Friends head to Geoff Barrow's Invada Studios, Bristol where they recorded the long-awaited debut LP with acclaimed Everything Everything keys player Pete Sene.

Make Friends will be releasing the first single from the LP via Funnel Music on Friday 19th October.

Frieling The Music by Corey J. Harbinson

Part of the Liverpool Irish Festival

Theatre & Music
Thursday 18th Oct 15:00

£7 (£6 Students)

Tickets direct from 81 Renshaw

A play with songs written by Corey J Harbinson inspired by Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa. Focusing on a catholic family of women from their point of view. Exploring themes of mental health, oppression, society and religion. Two afternoon performances over two days starting at 3pm. Part of the Liverpool Irish Festival.

Gavin Osborn & Chris Tavener

A little bit of OTT in Liverpool

Live Music
Thursday 18th Oct 19:30

A Little OTT is the delightful pairing of acclaimed folk songwriter Gavin Osborn and popular satirical songwriter Chris Tavener. From Edinburgh to Exeter, these cafe-dwelling rascals will be gracing the front bar here at 81

Expect an evening of heart-warming songs and many laughs.

Have yourself some Osborn Tavener Time; get a little too carried away with two of Britain's most spellbinding, hilarious and endearing singer-songwriters.

Frieling The Music by Corey J. Harbinson

Part of the Liverpool Irish Festival

Theatre & Music
Friday 19th Oct 15:00

£7 (£6 Students)

Tickets direct from 81 Renshaw

A play with songs written by Corey J Harbinson inspired by Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa. Focusing on a catholic family of women from their point of view. Exploring themes of mental health, oppression, society and religion. Two afternoon performances over two days starting at 3pm. Part of the Liverpool Irish Festival.

Lisa O'Neill

Plus Support

Live Music
Friday 19th Oct 19:30

“At a time when sameness threatens to drain the world of charm and surprise, Lisa O’Neill stands tall for difference, as an outlier with a mission to frame the world as she sees it and to perform it accordingly. Her voice is her own. No small achievement.” This quote from the Irish Times captures what many express in relation to Cavan born singer-songwriter Lisa O’Neill. Over the past few years she has quietly but steadily built a reputation for herself on the Irish and international scenes and gathered a strong following with her unique folk sound, strong song-writing and distinctive voice. Her debut release ‘Has an Album’ was followed in 2013 by Choice- nominated ‘Same Cloth Or Not’. Her third and most recent album ‘Pothole in the Sky’ was released to critical acclaim and is filled with tension and emotion, contextualising themes of love, loss, heartache and sorrow today through referencing tales from the past with beauty, honesty and defiance.

Eddie and the Hot Rods

FAREWELL TOUR plus Support

Live Music
Saturday 20th Oct 19:30
SOLD OUT

One of the most highly influential and recognisable names from the English Rock scene, Eddie & The Hot Rods have enjoyed a career that has now spanned over 40 years. Although often categorised as one of the founding fathers of the punk era, they were simply interested in playing loud, fast, in your face Rock ‘n’ Roll rather than bad mouthing the Queen or fermenting anarchy. The energy and attitude certainly endeared them to the punks, but the hard and fast style that made Eddie & The Hot Rods one of the most exciting bands of the era has never really dated or gone out of style. Their Pedigree speaks for itself and they have hit some landmarks any band would be envious of, including: a 1977 tour of the USA with Talking Heads and The Ramones; giving the Sex Pistols their first gig as an opening act. Eddie & The Hot Rods were included in the Mojo Top 100 of most influential bands and they are often cited as an inspiration for some of the high profile new bands – young Irish rockers, The Strypes being one example. But this is the last time they will be gracing Liverpool. Barrie Masters is calling it a night on touring. So make sure you get a ticket, and come and send off some legitimate Rock 'n' Roll royalty in style.

The Herron Brothers, Anna Corcoran, Paul Dunbar

Guilty Pleasures Present: Songwriters in the Round III

Live Music
Sunday 21st Oct 18:00

THE HERRON BROTHERS Paul and Steven, previously frontmen for Derby’s The Sons, released three studio albums and toured the continent for several years. Three years ago, they went “duo” and have been writing the songs that have eventually became, (as they are too) “The Last Ones Left”. The pair grew up in North Northumberland talking to the animals, and have an uncanny ability to charm an audience, making them laugh one minute, then have them enchanted by their harmony based melancholic pop songs the next.

ANNA CORCORAN Liverpool Music Award Nominee, Singer songwriter Anna Corcoran, originally from Formby Merseyside, graduated from Goldsmiths college in 2005, with a Bachelor of Music degree. Since then, Anna has been performing extensively nationwide, holding residencies in some of the country’s most exclusive establishments. Anna has spent a lot of time experimenting with the music and arrangements of her favourite artists and her passion for the craft of the iconic singer-songwriters developed as her repertoire expanded. Strong echoes of Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Tori Amos with the soulful mellow tones of Sarah McLachlan are very evident in Anna’s live sound.

PAUL DUNBAR Paul Dunbar is described as having a signature vocal with influences of the likes of Joe Cocker, Bruce Springsteen and Otis Redding, Dunbar’s sound has a rock and soul background with dashes of folk and country. Liverpool-born, Paul Dunbar is a singer-songwriter who plays live across the UK and Europe and has supported the likes of Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Big Country, James Taylor Quartet & Frank Turner.

A Night of Social care Improv

Theatre
Tuesday 23rd Oct 19:30

The year is 2028. Your fridge tells you what's keeping inside and what you need to buy. AI in work replies to half of your emails. The TV show's plot changes depending on your mood. Bots and machines have replaced most of the human workers in almost every sector... But, who will take care of those we care about when they become old, or they need a shoulder to cry on? Enter 2028 and become a future carer to find out for yourself. Your patients are waiting… This FACT commission has been developed in partnership with Community Integrated Care and LCR Activate, for the Future World of Work. The work was realised within the framework of the LCR Activate program at FACT with support of the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union.

The Simpsons

Treehouse of Horror: Screaming Night

Screening
Wednesday 24th Oct 19:30

After Augusts SOLD OUT screening of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Yeah Buddy DIY & Liverpool Noise return to 81 Renshaw on Wednesday 24th of October with The Simpsons, Treehouse of Horrors special Screaming Night!

A celebration of Halloween, there will be spooky food and drink

You will get to choose the 6 best episodes to screen on the night plus there will be plenty of food and drink.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A QUIZ! And the lucky winner will take home some cool Simpsons prizes!

Common Eider, King Eider

Plus Drekka

Live Music
Thursday 25th Oct 19:30

Few entities in the avantgarde/experimental underground have been able to evoke vivid visions and sentiments of loss, immateriality, abandon, and boundless ritualistic immensity like San Francisco’s dark ambient-doom sorcerers Common Eider, King Eider. Birthed around the mid-two thousands in the wake of San Francisco’s collapsing psychedelic and art rock scene, and gravitating around the core values and aesthetics of San Francisco’s legendary Tumult and Aquarius Records strongholds, Common Eider, King Eider is an obscure congregation of veteran San Francisco sound sculptors who have established themselves as absolute leaders of the pack and unrivaled masters of creation when it comes to realm of the most darkened, immaterial, and cataclysmic sonic architecture that the human mind can fathom. Taking cues from revolutionary and mind-expanding artists like Lustmord, Throbbing Gristle, Wardruna, Dead Can Dance, Halo Manash, Arvo Part, and Sunn O))), through their levitating, soul-shattering, and black hole-sized ritualistic black ambience, Common Eider, King Eider have elevated themselves to the rank of near-mystical figureheads in the realm of modern times dark ambient and drone music. 2018 will see the release of an EP for Cyclic Law in the summer and a LP for Consouling Sounds in October.

The Naughty Lumps

Plus the Gentle Scars + Steriledog

Live Music
Friday 26th Oct 19:30

They were a group of lively students and local Scousers back in 1976 and this band of merry no-hopers broke up in 1980. Now they are back! and back at 81 Renshaw. Those Naughty Lumps and the fabulous Gentle Scars are playing here on 26 October to celebrate the launch of the Lumps second album. Tickets are just £5 so put on your Iggy Pop jacket and get down!

Marc Vormawah plus Special guests

The Return of Marc

Live Music
Saturday 27th Oct 19:00

EX-PERSONAL COLUMN / ELEKTRA RECORDS SINGER STEPS BACK INTO THE SPOTLIGHT Marc Vormawah, post-punk Liverpool legend with 80s favourites Personal Column, has his comeback gig here at 81 Renshaw. The singer/songwriter will perform songs old, new, borrowed and true as he returns to the stage for his first headline solo performance since his late 80s/early 90s stint as a solo star with the legendary Jac Holzman’s label, Elektra Records. “I’ve been writing and recording constantly and feel ready to do it all properly again,” says the Scouse singer. “I’ll be joined by a band and some very special guests on the night… it promises to be an evening of high song.” One of the city’s best-loved singers, Vormawah followed up the Peel sessions and Stiff Records’ singles of Personal Column with a move to America and a solo album, released on Elektra Records, in 1989. ‘Too True’ was filled with righteous funk and soul and Vormawah made his mark on radio stations across the States. Now he’s returned to his singer/songwriter roots and has been making music in the classic Joni Mitchell/Paul Simon vein, with his trademark biting lyrics and soulful singing. “The new material is the real me,” he says. “There are no big companies or producers involved now – just me, my friends and my songs.”

Kirk Brandon

aKustika

Live Music
Tuesday 30th Oct 19:30

Kirk Brandon is the voice of Spear of Destiny, Theatre of Hate and Dead Men Walking. With over 15 studio albums and countless single releases, his career now spans well over 30 years. He has enjoyed worldwide success with all three of the above bands and is also a leader in every punk rock poll by being the singer and songwriter in The Pack.

Over the last 9 years, Kirk has released five solo acoustic studio albums (the “Dutch Masters” series) that have pulled tracks from all era’s of his career.

The latest of these solo acoustic albums entitled “Dutch Masters Volume Five” has become, in it’s first year of release, the best seller in the series. Over the past 2 years Kirk has joined by master cello player Sam Sansbury both in the studio and at live shows.

Expect a very special evening that will feature all the hits and misses!! including ‘Never Take Me Alive’, ‘Do You Believe In The Westworld?’, ‘Worldservice’, ‘So In Love With You’, ‘Young Men’, ‘Original Sin’.

The BBC’s Jeremy Vine says “@kirkbrandon is one of our greatest musical geniuses”

November

Out of Contex

1st Birthday Party

Live Music
Friday 2nd Nov 20:00

Out of Contex celebrate one year of promoting great music events at 81

Liverpool Acoustic Afternoon

Live Music
Saturday 3rd Nov 13:00 - 16:00

Our regular first Saturday of the Month live sessions in the venue with Liverpool Acoustic. What better way to spend the afternoon.

Emotion Wave

Chemistry Lane + Fisherman Swilbert

Live Music
Saturday 3rd Nov 19:30

Emotion Wave take over the venue once again to provide a high quality mix of electronic delight.

An Audience with Graham Jones

'The Vinyl Revival & the Shops that made it Happen'

Audience With
Sunday 4th Nov 14:00 - 16:00

Get down to 81 Renshaw for what promises to be a hilarious and revealing afternoon with Graham Jones, who will be with us to talk about his latest book, 'The Vinyl Revival And The Shops That Made It Happen'. This is the story of the vinyl revival through the eyes of those who made it happen, the independent record shops. It explains why we have over a hundred more record shops than we had in 2009.

Graham Jones has spent 32 years travelling the UK selling to independent record shops and visited more record shops than any other human. His new book guides you around the record shops of the UK who sell new vinyl. He has gathered some fascinating and funny anecdotes told him by our much-loved record shop staff so that when you visit you will feel like you already know the characters behind the counters. It is perfect for vinyl fans to keep with them on their travels around the country.

The Klubbs

Live Music
Sunday 4th Nov 19:30

Described by Record Collector as 'the most Under-Appreciated rock band' the Klubbs (formerly the Klubs) were regular fixtures at the Cavern Club with only the Hideaways and the Beatles boasting more dates at the famous venue. This is a rare outing in Liverpool, with original member Paddy Breen and Pete Sinclair-Tidy, the band is now a four piece and will be playing some original material mixed with Rock classics

HEAD

50th anniversary screening of the monkees cult classic

Screening
Wednesday 7th Nov 19:30

SOON IN THE OUTSIDE WORLD: The sound of music presents a rare 50th anniversary screening of the monkees' psychedelic oddity 'Head', with support program and Monkee related disc jockey sets from myself Bernie Connor and Buddy.

Grant Sharkey

Plus Support

Live Music
Thursday 8th Nov 19:30

Grant Sharkey the bass playing troubador makes a very welcome return to 81. If you're new to the prolific world of Grant Sharkey then you are in for a treat. Grant will be playing the front bar for a Pay-What-You-Feel gig. Grant releases a new album every 6 months then travels the countries far flung stages to promote it. In a nut shell, he travels around, playing double bass, telling us it how it is and writing little songs about big things. 40 albums in 20 years. A legend.

Handmade Moments

Support from: Ted Russet, Mike West and Bill Nickson

Live Music
Friday 9th Nov 19:00

Arizona’s Handmade Moments head to Liverpool on their European tour supporting their third album.

"Experiencing a Handmade Moments show is kind of like enjoying a spoonful of political discourse wrapped in local organic bacon and deep fried in hemp oil — and it’s all silky." - Nick Brothers, Free Weekly ".

MORE than a duo...the hardest-working band in rock 'n roll" - Naropa Sabine

John Wheeler (Hayseed Dixie)

Live Music
Saturday 10th Nov 20:00

Have a drink with me! Reflections on the past 18 years of Rockgrass mayhem.

Finding himself still alive, having failed to die from small pox, pancreatic cancer, or liver failure, The Hayseed Dixie frontman brings a new show for 2018 that draws from the last 18 years on the road.

Featuring songs and stories spanning the career of Hayseed Dixie and John's solo records the show is by turns humorous, irreverent, sardonic and absurd - just like life on the road. John's playing a plugged in electric guitar and is joined by percussionist Pete Robbins, so this ain't no soul searching shoe gazing evening. Come drink a few beers with them and rock your face off.

JOHN WHEELER is best known as the creator and frontman of the internationally-known "Rockgrass" band Hayseed Dixie whose recordings have sold over 600,000 copies worldwide and have performed more than 1,000 live performances in 31 different countries. He has recently appeared as a special guest on BBC Radio 2 programs, including the Chris Evans Breakfast Show and Simon Mayo Drivetime.

Tony Slattery and his Prize Idiots

Improv Comedy

Comedy
Sunday 11th Nov 14:00 - 16:00

Come and waste an afternoon in the gloriously stupid company of Tony Slattery (him off Whose Line Is It Anyway?). Chat! Music! Comedy! Gambling! All this and more awaits to assault your senses.

Rachael Jean Harris

EP Launch

Live Music
Sunday 11th Nov 19:30

Liverpool songwriter and vocalist, Rachael Jean Harris, celebrates the release of her brand new 5 track EP- Leaving Light, in which she explores the subject of confinement from the perspective of a Death Row inmate in the USA. She will be accompanied by some of the North West's most exciting players: Thomas Fripp, Jamie Brewster and Craig Hanson.

'Her songs are beguiling and break all the rules... the effect is as seamless as it is enchanting'- Derek King 'Liverpool Acoustic' 'Intelligent storytelling, sublimely beautiful vocals' -Debs McCoy 'Fresh on the Net'

Veronicas Room

By Ira Levin

Theatre
Wednesday 14th Nov 20:00

£10
£8 Concessions

Tickets direct from 81 Renshaw

This chilling thriller by the author of horror classic Rosemary’s Baby explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder. In 1973, students Susan and Larry find themselves enticed to the Brabissant mansion by its caretakers the Mackeys to meet Cissie, the sole surviving member of the family. They insist that Susan bears a striking resemblance to Veronica, Cissie’s long-dead sister. If she will agree to briefly impersonate Veronica, they believe it will comfort the dementia-afflicted Cissie and allow her to die in peace. But what begins as a simple errand of mercy quickly spirals into a nightmare cycle of guilt, sacrifice, and murder. Once dressed in Veronica’s clothes, Susan finds herself locked in the role and locked in Veronica’s room. Or is she Veronica, in 1935, pretending to be an imaginary Susan? Are you brave enough to enter Veronicas Room? Warning: Contains adult themes that may shock. The Twisted Nerve Theatre Company.

Veronicas Room

By Ira Levin

Theatre
Thursday 15th Nov 20:00

£10
£8 Concessions

Tickets direct from 81 Renshaw

This chilling thriller by the author of horror classic Rosemary’s Baby explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder. In 1973, students Susan and Larry find themselves enticed to the Brabissant mansion by its caretakers the Mackeys to meet Cissie, the sole surviving member of the family. They insist that Susan bears a striking resemblance to Veronica, Cissie’s long-dead sister. If she will agree to briefly impersonate Veronica, they believe it will comfort the dementia-afflicted Cissie and allow her to die in peace. But what begins as a simple errand of mercy quickly spirals into a nightmare cycle of guilt, sacrifice, and murder. Once dressed in Veronica’s clothes, Susan finds herself locked in the role and locked in Veronica’s room. Or is she Veronica, in 1935, pretending to be an imaginary Susan? Are you brave enough to enter Veronicas Room? Warning: Contains adult themes that may shock. Twisted nerve Theatre Company.

The Dan Webster Band

support from Grain Electric (Jamie Fildes & Stuart Warburton) and Chris Elliot.

Live Music
Friday 16th Nov 20:00

Another fantastic night of Americana/Country/Roots music at 81 Renshaw featuring the wonderful Dan Webster (and band) with support from Grain Electric (Jamie Fildes & Stuart Warburton) and Chris Elliot.

Dan Webster is described as ‘one of the U.K’s best kept musical secrets and one not to miss!’ and an ‘An insightful lyricist with a great voice’ Acoustic Magazine. According to Americana UK - ‘He is the missing link, the joining point, where folk fuses with country – as good as you’ll hear on any record out of Austin or Nashville - beautiful – he is Anglicana’. Dan is a road seasoned English singer-songwriter, his music is influenced by the sounds and storytelling traditions of American and British Folk music, which he uniquely blends into his own distinct fusion of Folk and Americana.

“THE TIN MAN will make it on to a fair few ‘Best Of’ lists, and deservedly so." Maverick Magazine ****

Tony Nijoku

Plus Support

Live Music
Saturday 17th Nov 19:30

Tony Njoku is a British-Nigerian electronic music producer and songwriter from London. His self-penned and produced songs have been described as ‘strikingly evocative soundscapes, managing to make even the shortest pop songs sound like epic adventures.’

Tony has frequently played live around The UK for the past two year, including a successful UK headline tour in the spring of 2017. Support slots for Erased Tapes Records’ Rival Consoles, Anna Von Hausswolff, Jacques and a string of well received headline shows curated by Parallel Lines Promotions. He also played the main stage at the 2016 Green Man Festival (which was considered a festival highlight by many viewers including festival director Fiona Stewart and Huw Stephens of BBC1).

Freschard & Stanley brinks

Sets from both artists

Live Music
Sunday 18th Nov 19:30

Freschard grew up on a farm in French Burgundy. She started organising shows in the barn when she was about 12 years old. At 18 she moved to the big city, Paris, where she baked pies and cakes in a cafe. There, a local musician and regular customer called Andre Herman Dune (who would later change his name to Stanley Brinks) wrote a few songs for her to sing. She called her first E.P. "Neon Orange". Homeless in Paris, she saved up just enough money to get herself a ticket to New York. There, she found an old electric guitar and started writing her own songs. She recorded her second E.P., "Shower Gel", with Mike Gomez on lapsteel guitar. In 2004 she moved to Berlin, where she recorded her first LP, "Alien Duck". Her second album "Click Click", recorded in 2006, features a drummer (Leo Bear Creek), and electric guitar by Stanley Brinks. On her third album, "moonstone", she plays the drums herself. On her fourth "shh..." she also plays the flute. Her last album "boom biddy boom" is a masterpiece. Stanley started his musical career in as Andre Herman Dune in the trio "Herman Düne". He left in 2006 to concentrate on solo work and other collaborative projects. Since then he changed his name to Stanley Brinks and has released an enormous number of albums, most notably with Freschard and English rock band "The Wave Pictures".

Gazell + Steve Lavine + The Irenes + Lydiah

81 Renshaw + Funnel Music Promotion

Live Music
Wednesday 21st Nov 19:30

81 Renshaw in association with Funnel Music present the second joint event showcasing some of the best new music around.

Gazelle was captivated by jazz from an early age. She sang and played piano throughout school and on discovering a love for Nina Simone, picked up the clarinet and composed her first song 'Jazzy Chocolate'. Whilst studying chemistry on a university exchange year in Versailles, Gazelle found herself unhappy and longing for the creativity she left behind in her youth. This encouraged her to drop out and move into an underground art commune in Paris, working as an Au Pair in the daytime and singing in a band with her housemates at night. Here she quickly taught herself guitar and ignited a love for the seminal electronic rhythms of Jamie Woon and influential beats of Robert Glasper.

Born in Essex, Scott Lavene was raised on power ballads, punk and swearing. In bands since his teens, scratching out a pound note on with dead end jobs in various towns. Always moving, sunny side down, trying to find something to cling to. In London during the late noughties, the behavior became darker, the songs got better and there came a sniff from some major labels and a stint in New York including playing at CBGB’s.

There followed a mental breakdown and an escape from society for six years. No more music, very little hope of returning. Large doses of solitude and lonely debauchery. Alone on a rusty boat, bobbing around the country.

After six months in a House for the Bewildered and a move to the coast a new batch of songs emerged and Scott played for the first time in seven years. One of the singles became Record of The Week on Geoff Lloyds Absloute Radio show and the hope and belief was back. Now, Scott is solo with an ace band, some tales to tell, and a smashing collection of twisted pop songs.

Annexe The Moon

plus

Live Music
Thursday 22nd Nov 19:30

Raised and reared on the sunny northern shorelines of the Wirral Peninsula, ‘Annexe The Moon’ have been creating and baking their particular brand of melodic Psych-Pop since early 2016. Their Debut single, 'Ever Meaning Less' troubled national daytime radio airplay via The Radcliffe and Maconie Show on Radio 6 Music, whilst their latest release ‘Full Stop’ has been recently recommended on 6 Music by Steve Lamacq and Vic Galloway on their respective shows as well as being given an effusive ‘thumbs up’ from Elbow’s Guy Garvey on his Sunday ‘Finest Hour’ Show. Their new single 'In The Mean Meantime' is due out in early November.

What We Did Next

Musical Theatre Open Mic

Open Mic
Friday 23rd Nov 19:30

What We Did Next return for another evening of Musical Theatre/Film Open Mic.

Chicken Shack

Stan Evans (Sink), Andy Rowan (Gogo Cage), Lawrence Marsh

DJ Sets
Saturday 24th Nov 20:00

This has got to be the best night in Liverpool for lovers of cool 50's and 60's sounds. Stan Evans of the Sink Club, Andy Rowan of the Go-Go Cage! and Lawrence Marsh of Rockin' On The Wirral will be bringing you all vinyl sets of the finest early soul, rhythm and blues, mod jazz, rock and roll, bluebeat and all kinds of ace stuff.

Xamvolo + Alex Hulme + Lydiah + Ahmed Khwaja

MIND Fundraiser

Live Music
Sunday 25th Nov 18:00

A Night of great Live Music raising money for MIND. More acts to be announced.

Pia Fraus

Support from Spinning Coin

Live Music
Wednesday 28th Nov 19:30

Estonian dream-poppers ‘Pia Fraus’ formed in 1998 by six art school students. Since then they released five studio albums and a handful of EP’s on various record labels worldwide. Pia Fraus have worked together with Norman Blake from Teenage Fanclub, who produced their album ´After Summer´ back in 2008. Also collaborated with German shoegaze/ambient wizzard Ulrich Schnauss through various projects. Band been remixed by artists like Teenage Fanclub, Future Pilot AKA, Airiel, Mahogany, Lightships, Bill Well, International Airport etc. After a short break, they are back with the new album "Field Ceremony" and touring the world on 2018.

Ady Johnson

Free entry gig in the front bar

Live Music
Thursday 29th Nov 19:30

Catch London based singer songwriter Ady Johnson for a free entry gig in the front bar as he continues his tour of the Country promoting the New Album 'London Songs'

“Classical guitarist invests his songs with soul and wit…” Record Collector Magazine

The Burning Hell

Plus The Southbound Attic Band

Live Music
Friday 30th Nov 19:30

The Burning Hell is the songwriting project of Mathias Kom, particularly known for their literate, often literary and humorous lyrics.

"Canada's The Burning hell write the kind of literate, funny, catchy songs that makes you want to learn all the words and shout them passionately back in their aces" Drowned in Sound

December

Liverpool Acoustic Afternoon

Live Music
Saturday 1st Dec 13:00 - 16:00

Our regular first Saturday of the Month live sessions in the venue with Liverpool Acoustic. What better way to spend the afternoon.

Jane Siberry

support from Nicola Hardman

Live Music
Saturday 1st Dec 19:30

Iconic and enigmatic; Jane Siberry is one of the world’s most unique and gifted singer/songwriters. Blessed with a sincere integrity and emotional depth, her work has spanned 3 decades, with the release of 14 studio albums and performances on concert stages around the world. Her 1985 album The Speckless Sky was a huge critical and commercial success and the follow up albums The Walking, Bound By Beauty, When I Was A Boy and her signature song Calling All Angels cemented her status as one of the world’s foremost performance artists. A Canadian native, Jane’s songs have been covered by numerous artists, with particular success by k.d Lang on her renditions of Love is Everything, Haint It Funny and a stunning rendering of The Valley. This is guaranteed to be a very special evening with Jane performing some of her most beautiful music.

Fascinating Women

Fizzy Bird Promotions

Theatre
Thursday 6th Dec 19:00

'I'M OBSESSED WITH SEEING WOMEN ENCOURAGE, SUPPORT AND EMPOWER OTHER WOMEN. IT'S MY FAVOURITE. WE NEED MORE OF IT'

FIZZY BIRD PROMOTIONS present....an inspirational evening celebrating FASCINATING WOMEN.

Electric, eclectic performances from the finest of Fizzy Birds.

Robin Ince

plus songs from Grace Petrie.

Comedy
Friday 7th Dec 20:00

Liverpool Acoustic and Friends from Nowhere present “Robin Ince - I'm a Joke and So Are You” with Grace Petrie Robin Ince is the host of Radio Four's multi award winning The Infinite Monkey Cage with Professor Brian Cox. His latest book is I'm a Joke and So Are You - a look at psychology, life, death, love and absurdity - described my Matt Haig as ‘A funny, honest and heartwarming look at the anxious phenomenon known as human existence. Robin’s curiosity and fascination with his own and other humans’ foibles make this book a very funny education.’ while Jo brand said of it , "Robin goes on a journey . ...no he doesn’t thank God .. he talks about lots of interesting , moving and funny things in this book... And one of the interesting funny things is him!"

Join us for an evening of stand up and conversation with Robin Ince, plus songs from Grace Petrie.

Times of 13

New Plays

Theatre
Saturday 8th Dec 19:30

"Times of 13 is celebrating it's first birthday and is inviting you to join in the festivities. A one off night of original plays, performed by both new and familiar faces. That promises to be a fantastic night of entertainment."

Vic Godard and Subway Sect

Plus Support

Live Music
Sunday 9th Dec 19:30

Subway Sect were one of the first British punk bands and have been credited as highly influential on the Postcard Records scene and the indie pop genre which followed. 2018 has been a typically busy year for Vic. He has released new music of his own as well as working on collaborations with The Nightingales and Helen McCookerybook. DJ set from Joe Mckechnie

Welcome To Paradise

A Ship of Fools Theatre Company Production

Theatre
Tuesday 11th Dec 19:15

Those naughty bouffon are back in at Liverpool for the first time in 5 years.

The Captain and Raoul dare you to strap in for a playfully mischievous rollercoaster to the darkest corners of the grotto where the mould festers under the tree.

Think Bad Santa meets The League of Gentlemen with Chris Morris' Jam stirred in for added flavour. Expect danger, hilarity and horror as they tap dance back and forth over the lines of decency for your amusement.

You will laugh. You may cry. You might even kill yourself!

**** An expertly written and constructed show... Instead of a love letter to the most wonderful time of the year what we get is a searingly clever pile of hate mail. Broadway Baby

Welcome To Paradise

A Ship of Fools Theatre Company Production

Theatre
Wednesday 12th Dec 19:15

Those naughty bouffon are back in at Liverpool for the first time in 5 years.

The Captain and Raoul dare you to strap in for a playfully mischievous rollercoaster to the darkest corners of the grotto where the mould festers under the tree.

Think Bad Santa meets The League of Gentlemen with Chris Morris' Jam stirred in for added flavour. Expect danger, hilarity and horror as they tap dance back and forth over the lines of decency for your amusement.

You will laugh. You may cry. You might even kill yourself!

**** An expertly written and constructed show... Instead of a love letter to the most wonderful time of the year what we get is a searingly clever pile of hate mail. Broadway Baby

Welcome To Paradise

A Ship of Fools Theatre Company Production

Theatre
Thursday 13th Dec 19:15

Those naughty bouffon are back in at Liverpool for the first time in 5 years.

The Captain and Raoul dare you to strap in for a playfully mischievous rollercoaster to the darkest corners of the grotto where the mould festers under the tree.

Think Bad Santa meets The League of Gentlemen with Chris Morris' Jam stirred in for added flavour. Expect danger, hilarity and horror as they tap dance back and forth over the lines of decency for your amusement.

You will laugh. You may cry. You might even kill yourself!

**** An expertly written and constructed show... Instead of a love letter to the most wonderful time of the year what we get is a searingly clever pile of hate mail. Broadway Baby

Curse of Lono

plus The Grande

Live Music
Friday 14th Dec 20:00

Fresh off the release of their second album, 'As I Feel', acclaimed London five-piece Curse of Lono will be bringing their unique brand of cinematic southern gothic alt rock to 81 Renshaw

After a sell out tour in May, including a sold-out show at London’s Lexington, they appeared at several UK Festivals this summer as well as supporting Steve Earle, Southside Johnny, Cordovas and David Ramirez on separate European tours.

Western Promise

Support from Peter 'Digsy' Deary, Oranj Son and Marlie Centawer and Special Guests.

Live Music
Friday 21st Dec 19:30

"Shake Babylon Shake" - The Return of the Mighty Western Promise. To celebrate the reissue on Cherry Red records of the critically acclaimed "Here comes a Revolution" album which features Mick Jones of The Clash and Chelcee Grimes amongst others. For a night of Rebel Rock Western Promise are hard to beat